Michigan Department of Education - Directors and Representatives

Michigan Department of Education
Professional Preparation and Development Update
February 5, 2010
Elementary Certificate Program Standards
The Elementary Certificate Program Standards were approved by the State Board of
Education (SBE) at the January 8, 2008 meeting. Information regarding the
certificate application, certificate matrix, technical assistance, and timeline for
implementation is available online:
Several reviewer training conferences were held across the state during September
and October. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has ten institutions
submitting eighteen program options as early adopters which will be reviewed on
February 12, 2010. The next program review will be in February 2011 therefore,
program documentation must be in the Office of Professional Preparation Services
(OPPS) by November 1, 2010. Any programs received late will be handled as time
allows and may/may not be a part of the review.
Review team nominees identified by teacher preparation institutions who did not
attend the reviewer training conferences held in September and October may attend
the early adopters’ review conference as a training session. All reviewers must have
attended a training session before they will be assigned to a review team in 2010 or
Institutions unable to provide at least five review team members may be a lower
priority to have their documentation reviewed if the MDE is unable to document that
an adequate number of trained review team members are available at the time of the
Early adopter review teams have been created and had the review materials sent to
them. All review team members will be expected to have read all materials, complete
their reviewer comments form and submit the completed form to the MDE by January
29, 2010. Completed forms will be available at the review conference on February
12, 2010. At the conference, reviewers with completed reviewer comment forms will
engage with other team members to reach a consensus regarding the program
components which have been reviewed individually by the team members. Reviewers
in training will be observers of review teams, but will not have a vote regarding the
final recommendation of the program.
A new Elementary Education test composed of two parts is anticipated for fall 2013.
The program application is available online at:
Implementation of approved programs:
Because institutions will likely be approved to offer proposed elementary certification
programs at different times after February 2010, the MDE’s online published timeline
for implementation does not include an explicitly stated deadline for admitting
elementary teacher candidates to "old" elementary programs. Considering that the
current elementary education Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) test
#083 will no longer be offered after July 2013, institutions may want to begin
advising elementary candidates and applicants they will need to plan to complete the
current elementary education program's academic coursework during 2012. Based on
an institution's knowledge of the typical time taken by elementary candidates to
complete the academic coursework related to the MTTC #083, the institution should
produce its own deadline for admitting candidates to the institution's "old" elementary
education program. Institutions may find it useful now to begin publishing that the
institution and the MDE are in a transition period of implementing new SBE standards
for elementary certification. Current and new elementary education candidates
should be advised to anticipate that current published courses are subject to change
during the transition period and that a new test will explore the current test in fall,
Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers
The Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers (PSMT) are available at:
During review of Elementary Certificate programs, reviewers will also verify that
institutions are addressing the PSMT sufficiently to prepare candidates to meet the
levels of performance approved by the SBE.
Piloting of new survey questions corresponding to the PSMT is ongoing. A new survey
for student teacher candidates is expected for fall 2010.
Social Studies
The revised standards for the preparation of teachers of social studies (RX),
economics (CA), geography (CB), history (CC), and political science (CD) were
approved by the SBE June 9, 2009. The technical assistance meeting was held in
October. Teacher preparation institutions wishing to offer or continue to offer the
above mentioned endorsements must submit documentation to the OPPS by
November 1, 2010. The application can be found at:
Matrices of the standards for each endorsement area can be found at:
Educational Technology Standards
An online review conference for all teacher preparation institutions that have applied
for the Educational Technology (NP) endorsement was held in December.
Applications for the first round of reviews under the revised standards were due
September 1, 2009.
Career and Technical Education
According to our office’s records the following teacher preparation institutions offer
approved Career and Technical Education Programs:
Central Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Madonna University
Michigan State University
Northern Michigan University
Wayne State University
Please note that no institution should be recommending candidates for Career and
Technical Education programs unless the program has been approved by MDE. Only
institutions listed above may recommend candidates for their approved CIP Codes to
be added to Interim Occupational Certificates or Occupational Certificates.
Please contact Thomas Bell at [email protected] if the above information does not reflect
your institution’s records, or if your teacher preparation institution would like to start
recommending candidates for Career and Technical Education based programs.
School Counselor Standards
The draft School Counselor Standards are to be presented to the State Board of
Education at the February 9, 2010 meeting as an item for their information. Field
review will be conducted later in the year.
PA 32 Reading requirement for Renewal of Provisional Certificates and New
Professional Certificates
Public Act (PA) 118 requires completion of a three credit course of study for all
provisionally certified teachers. The effective date was changed by legislative action
to July 1, 2009. According to PA 32, the additional three credit course is no longer
needed for renewal of provisional certificates. See section (4) at:
For a listing of approved courses go to:
Teacher preparation institutions may offer this required, advanced reading course as
part of the 18 credit hour planned program. Online courses must also have
appropriate field experiences.
This information is being provided as clarification to the required reading
course for PA 32.
1. Since teacher preparation programs with approved endorsement programs have
the latitude of substituting courses that map onto approved program courses in
endorsement areas, the MDE wants to make clear teacher preparation programs
with an approved PA 32 may use their authority to consider substitution/waivers
when candidates present other course work as meeting the PA 32 requirement. If
the elements of PA 32 are being met, then it is acceptable with the appropriate
documentation to waive/substitute for the institution’s approved PA 32 course.
However, we caution the institutions to keep appropriate records of all
waiver/substitutions in case of future audits.
2. Teacher preparation institutions may also submit the appropriate course work of
the Reading Specialist endorsement program for review by MDE in relationship to
the requirements of PA 32 and have that course of study become approved and
listed on MDE’s approved course list. Some institutions have used multiple
courses as a course of study or additional endorsements as a submission for the
PA 32 approval.
3. Candidates must be informed that more than one course is needed to meet the
PA 32 requirement if the institution is using a course of study with multiple
courses. All courses identified in the course of study used for PA 32 must be
completed before a candidate is recommended for a professional certificate.
Performance Evaluations for Teachers, Principals and Superintendents
The Office of Professional Preparation Services staff has invited experts to serve on
steering committees to develop performance descriptors and observation protocols for
use as evaluation tools to support the newest legislation regarding effective teachers
and administrators (see: PA 205 of 2009, section 1249). The performance
descriptors and observation protocols will be built in alignment with the Professional
Standards for Michigan Teachers and the preparation standards for Principals and
Central Office Staff. Nominations are being accepted for individuals from teacher
preparation institutions, K-12 districts, intermediate school districts and professional
organizations who have an interest in serving on the evaluation tools development
committees. If you know of individuals who are interested in working on these
projects, please provide Dr. Rockafellow with the names and contact information.
The development of these tools is on a fast track with hopes of having some of the
tools available for piloting in the fall of 2010.
Teacher Quality Grants
Applications for the Title II A (3) Improving Teacher Quality Competitive Grants
Programs submitted by institutions in the fall have been reviewed. Funding
recommendations have been prepared and submitted for signatures. A second round
will be announced on the MDE website.
In both rounds, successful applicants will be funded to address one of four categories:
 Partnerships for Professional Learning Opportunities in English Language Arts,
Mathematics, Science and Social Studies
 Partnerships for Professional Learning Opportunities that Result in Highly
Qualified Status or Endorsement for Special Education Teachers Assigned to
Grades 6-12
 Partnerships for Professional Development to Increase the Skills of Elementary
and Middle School Mathematics Teachers
 Partnerships for Professional Development in Writing Instruction
Principal Preparation Program Applications
Applications for review of Principal Preparation Programs have been received and a
review schedule is being established. The next deadline for submitting applications
will be in June 2010.
Central Office Administrator Standards/Applications
Applications for review of Central Office Administrator Preparation Programs have
been received and a review schedule is being established. The next deadline for
submitting applications will be in June 2010.
Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)
ALERT: Institutions are reminded not to accept MTTC score reports delivered
by test takers. If a test taker is not on a score report roster received through
secure electronic delivery or direct mail from Evaluation Systems group of Pearson,
then the test taker must be told to ask Evaluation Systems to send an official score
directly to the institution.
Test takers may print a Test Results Request Form from an online site:
The additional score report costs $15 per test administration date. A score report
costs $15 for two or more tests taken on the same date. Score reports for two or
more tests taken on different dates are billed at $15 per date.
Institutions that choose to accept a score report directly from a test taker are
solely responsible for validating the score report against official reports received from
Evaluation Systems. Institutions must be ready to provide verification of its
validation of a score report used for certificate or endorsement recommendation.
When the MDE or an institution discovers that a teaching certificate was issued on
the basis of an invalid or fraudulent score report, the MDE’s policy is for the institution
to inform the MDE, in writing, that the institution is withdrawing the recommendation.
As a result of the retraction of a recommendation, the MDE will nullify a teaching
A new five-year contract with Evaluation Systems group of Pearson (Pearson) began
October 1, 2009. MTTC test takers will experience additional security verification and
increased access to tests and study materials. Beginning with the October 17, 2009
test administration, all test takers will provide their thumbprint prior to testing. This
thumbprint is only for MTTC purposes. The thumbprint will not be shared with
institutions or organizations.
As a result of the new MTTC contract, test takers will have a fifth opportunity for
testing each academic year. The additional opportunity will occur during November
and will provide test takers with two testing dates before the beginning of the second
The new MTTC contract also provides for computer-based testing and full-length
sample tests. These enhancements will be phased in, beginning with high-use (so
called high-incident) test fields. The plan is to start with two test fields during the
last four years of the contract. During the October 2010 test administration
Evaluation Systems will provide computer-based testing and full-length sample tests
(accessible online) for the elementary education test and the basic skills test; paperbased tests will continue to be offered. Computer-based MTTC will be provided at
Pearson VUE testing locations across Michigan. Computer-based testing will be
available during months when paper-pencil tests are not offered. Further updates will
be provided as they become available.
Institutions are reminded of the announcement in the 2009 MTTC test registration
materials that beginning October 2009 there is one bilingual education MTTC.
Previously the differently titled bilingual education tests contained the same test
items; the tests differed only in title. Test takers who ask should be told to register
for the single available test. Institutions should recommend bilingual education
candidates for the specific bilingual education endorsement for which a candidate
qualifies, based on the candidate’s language proficiency, in the manner with which an
institution is familiar. For Title II reporting purposes, Pearson will align of the
bilingual education test to the particular bilingual education completers from an
In an initiative unrelated to the MTTC, Pearson is developing a National Examination
Series (NES) of teacher certification tests. The NES is based on national subject-area
standards. Pearson will be seeking Michigan participation in field-testing NES
computer-based tests. Pearson might contact MTTC teacher preparation institution
contacts for assistance in identifying teacher candidates to take the NES computerbased tests. Please remind your teacher candidates who become involved that the
field tests are not tests part of the MTTC program.
Pearson and the MDE continue to develop a new Elementary Education MTTC
assessment based on the new Elementary Education standards. Contact Steve or
Bonnie if you wish to nominate yourself or others to participate in the process.
October 2013 is projected for first operational use of the new assessment.
Occasionally teacher preparation institutions contact the MDE with requests to remove
MTTC test fields from official annual or 3-year summary reports received from the
MDE. Such requests usually occur because a particular subject area endorsement,
represented by a test field, is no longer offered, or never was offered at an institution.
The process for removing test fields from official MDE reports begins with the
verification roster institutions receive from the testing contractor three days before
the date of scheduled MTTC test administration. If an institution observes that the
verification roster contains test takers scheduled for tests in endorsement areas not
available at the institution, those test takers may then be designated on the
verification roster as “not eligible”. “Not eligible” test takers will be removed from an
institutions official MTTC record for that date. MTTC test results for only test takers
not identified by an institution as “not eligible” will become part of the official MTTC
Institutions must return verification rosters with identified “not eligible” test takers to
the testing contractor within 7 days following the date of the test administration.
Institutions are reminded that MTTC passing percentages reported in the cumulative
percentage passing column are a record of the “best attempt” recorded for a test
taker during the reporting interval. The cumulative percentage passing does not
represent a numerical accumulation of the number of times that a test taker has
taken a particular test. Consequently, institutions that keep their own records based
on adding up the number of times a test taker takes a test before eventually passing
the test will likely observe that the MDE’s official cumulative percentage passing
values are higher than an institutions own in-house record.
Professional Development Strategic Plan
Michigan's Strategic Plan includes the introduction of a model Individual Professional
Development Plan (IPDP).
The field test of an online IPDP is being conducted in 2009-2010. Training sessions
with participating school districts were conducted this fall. Field test participants are
expected to complete the IPDP and provide feedback via surveys four times before
June, 2010. Telephone interviews will be conducted with a sample of participants to
gather additional feedback. The results will be used to improve the IPDP. The
improved tool will be made available to institutions to consider implementing in their
teacher preparation programs, particularly as candidates prepare for their student
teaching assignments.
National Accreditation
All Michigan teacher preparation institutions have made selections of accrediting body
and have shown that they are in good standing. Institutions are reminded to contact
Catherine Smith BEFORE scheduling an accreditation visit/audit. As MDE staff must
participate, it is essential to coordinate schedules.
Institutions selecting NCATE accreditation must complete a "SPA-like" form for all
programs which do not have a SPA. Please refer to the letter dated June 2, 2009
from Dr. Flora Jenkins regarding this subject for more details.
Endorsement areas that have new state standards may be exempted from submission
to the SPA since sufficient data is not available. However, the institution is
encouraged to complete an abbreviated SPA-like report of data for the old program.
This report indicates to the BOE team that the institution has a complete assessment
system in place for all endorsement areas.
Institution Performance Scores and Fall Surveys
Teacher preparation institution performance scores and profiles for the academic year
2007-08 are now posted at:
URLs for exiting student teachers and supervisor surveys for fall/winter 2009 were
sent October 9. Take care to use the correct URL.
*PLEASE NOTE* Institutions are to report 2009-10 participation in principal
surveys/forums for the next performance score report. Institutions are free to choose
a different methodology, a different set of principals, etc. The idea is to keep showing
a concern and openness to communication with employers, even though this is a
tough year for employment. If institutions wish to survey in another state where
grads are sent, this is acceptable. This will only be reported as yes/no for institution
participation, no points are applied.
Performance Score reporting directions and workbooks for academic year 2008-09
were sent November 13. If you are unsure as to who received this information
contact Dana Utterback.
The SBE approved a corrective action plan for institutions classified as at-risk or lowperforming at its September 9, 2009 meeting. Information on the corrective action
plan and self-assessment has been shared with affected institutions and will be
generally available shortly.
Race To The Top (RTTT)
The most recent information available on MDEs grant application is available at this
Additional information is available at the Michigan American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA) website:
Legislation Update
Updated Bills or Resolutions:
HB 4787 of 2009 (PA 204 of 2009)
Education; reorganization; certain measures to identify and restructure failing
schools; provide for, revise compulsory attendance, and revise personal
curriculum provisions in Michigan merit curriculum. Amends secs. 1278b, 1561
& 1596 of 1976 PA 451 (MCL 380.1278b et seq.) & adds sec. 1280c. TIE BAR
WITH: HB 4788'09, HB 5596'09, SB 0926'09, SB 0981'09
Last Action: 12/31/2009 assigned PA 204'09 with immediate effect 2009
HB 4788 of 2009 (PA 201 of 2009)
Education; school districts; changes in collective bargaining act to allow more
flexibility in failing schools; provide for. Amends sec. 15 of 1947 PA 336 (MCL
423.215). TIE BAR WITH: HB 4787'09, HB 5596'09, SB 0926'09, SB 0981'09
Last Action: 12/31/2009 assigned PA 201'09 with immediate effect 2009
HB 5596 of 2009 (PA 202 of 2009)
Education; teachers; alternative program for teacher certification; provide for.
Amends 1976 PA 451 (MCL 380.1 - 380.1852) by adding sec. 1531i. TIE BAR
WITH: HB 4787'09, HB 4788'09, SB 0926'09, SB 0981'09
Last Action: 12/31/2009 assigned PA 202'09 with immediate effect 2009
SB 0786 of 2009 (PA 0212 of 2009)
Higher education; proprietary schools; certain sales of goods and services
produced by students; allow, and revise penalties applicable to proprietary
schools. Amends secs. 1, 1a, 2, 2a, 2b & 3 of 1943 PA 148 (MCL 395.101 et
seq.) & adds sec 2c.
Last Action: 12/31/2009 ASSIGNED PA 0212'09 WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT
SB 0981 of 2009 (PA 0205 of 2009)
Education; public school academies; certain measures to identify and
restructure failing schools; provide for. Amends secs. 5, 6, 502, 503, 504, 507,
522, 523, 524, 1246, 1250, 1278a, 1311e, 1536 & 1701a of 1976 PA 451 (MCL
380.5 et seq.) & adds secs. 502a & 1249 & pt. 6e. TIE BAR WITH: HB 4787'09,
HB 4788'09, HB 5596'09, SB 0926'09
Last Action: 12/31/2009 ASSIGNED PA 0205'09 WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT This
includes the requirement for Administrator certification and alternative pathway
to certification.
HB 5623 of 2009
Education; school districts; teacher evaluation requirements; modify, require
charter school contract rewards to be based on student performance, revise
compulsory attendance requirements, and allow school to start before Labor
day. Amends secs. 502, 503, 523, 1147, 1246, 1284b, 1311d, 1311e, 1536 &
1561 (MCL 380.502 et seq.) & adds secs. 1238, 1249 & 1320. Last Action:
1/21/2010 re-referred to Committee on Education
HB 5636 of 2009
School aid; other; calculation of public school academy per pupil allocation;
revise, provide for collection of certain data concerning teachers and pupil
performance, and revise age for counting pupils in membership. Amends secs.
6, 20 & 94a of 1979 PA 94 (MCL 388.1606 et seq.). Last Action: 1/21/2010 rereferred to Committee on Education
SB 0925 of 2009
Education; public school academies; establishment of "schools of excellence";
provide for. Amends secs. 5 & 6 of 1976 PA 451 (MCL 380.5 & 380.6) & adds
pt. 6e. TIE BAR WITH: SB 0638'09, SB 0926'09, SB 0965'09, SB 0981'09, SB
0982'09, SB 0994'09
Last Action: 1/21/2010 re-referred to Committee on Education
SB 0786 of 2009
Higher education; proprietary schools; certain sales of goods and services
produced by students; allow. Amends secs. 1, 1a, 2, 2a & 2b of 1943 PA 148
(MCL 395.101 et seq.). Last Action: 12/30/2009 PRESENTED TO GOVERNOR
12/22/2009 @ 3:36 PM
State School Aid Act
Within the most recent State School Aid Act, changes were made to define what must
be provided as professional development, if school districts are using the Section 101
provision for counting PD hours in lieu of instruction. The following is an excerpt of a
letter from MDE regarding this new requirement.
Districts will not be able to count any professional development hours in lieu of
instruction for the 2010-2011 school year unless at least 5 of the hours are provided
online. All other requirements of Section 101 related to professional development,
including that the professional development meets at least one of the criteria below,
must also be met in order for the time to be counted in lieu of instruction.
(a) Achieving or improving adequate yearly progress as defined under the No
Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Public Law 107-110.
(b) Achieving accreditation or improving a school’s accreditation status under
Section 1280 of the Revised School Code, MCL 380.1280.
(c) Achieving highly qualified teacher status as defined under the No Child Left
Behind Act of 2001, Public Law 107-110.
(d) Maintaining teacher certification.
Also, the law stipulates that to be counted the online professional development must
originate from the Michigan Virtual University or another Department-approved
intermediate school district (ISD). All ISDs are currently approved by the
Department to provide this professional development. Guidelines related to the
online professional development will be sent under a separate cover.
Professional Development Resources
Teacher preparation institutions in Michigan may want to be more involved in
professional development activities with K-12 and intermediate school districts. In
light of this possibility, the OPPS is providing the following URLs for resources
currently available.
Effective Lessons
Lesson Plans with technology
Resources for content and technology for Michigan Teachers
Use Browse by Content to get to assessments
All endorsement standards for the preparation of teachers
Archive of two years of ASSIST newsletters
Curriculum Standards and Benchmarks
Mi Map web pages
Staffing Notes
Currently Claudia Nicol is the support person for all PPD consultants.
Dr. Catherine Smith has been out on medical leave since the first of December. Any
questions that arise may be directed to Dr. Steven Stegink, interim supervisor of the
Professional Preparation and Development Unit.
Professional Preparation and Development contacts:
Thomas Bell, Higher Education Consultant, 517-241-0172, [email protected]
Donna Hamilton, Education Consultant, 517-241-4546, [email protected]
Claudia Nicol, Secretary, 517-335-1151, [email protected]
Bonnie Rockafellow, Education Consultant, 517-373-7861, [email protected]
Catherine Smith, Supervisor, 517-335-0874, [email protected]
Steve Stegink, Interim Supervisor and Higher Education Consultant, 517-241-4945,
[email protected]
Dana Utterback, Department Technician, 517-335-4610, [email protected]
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